Roval unveils new, cheaper, and still tubeless Rapide C38 wheelset

Roval has updated its popular C38, but the major change is the drop in the price tag.

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Roval described its popular outgoing C38 carbon clincher wheelset as bringing “performance to the people”, offering lightweight wheels, with an aerodynamic profile, and priced at just US$1,200. Roval has now updated the wheelset with the new Rapide C38, and bringing that performance advantage to even more people seems to be the objective. The new wheels are remarkably similar to the outgoing version with the same tried and tested rim, but Roval has dropped the price of the wheelset by a cool US$200 to an even US$1,000.

The new disc-only Rapide C38 wheels retain the same full carbon rim, which features a 38 mm height, 21 mm internal width, 26.6 mm external width, and unlike Roval’s newer road wheels, these are still officially tubeless compatible. Roval says this rim is optimised for wider tyres and claims it aerodynamically outperforms many deeper rims while providing better handling and sidewall support.

DT Swiss 370 centre-lock hubs, including the 18-tooth Ratchet LN system, are laced to 24 J-bend spokes both front and rear with external nipples. In fact, that change from the previous DT Swiss 350-based hubs is the only noticeable change from the outgoing C38s.

All in, the new wheelset tips the scales at 1,600 g (claimed) including tubeless rim tape, a mere 40 g increase on the older, and more expensive, C38s. Thanks to this low weight, internal width and disc brake setup, Roval says the new wheels are equally at home on dirt roads or alpine passes, claiming the Rapide C38s are “out of place nowhere, at home everywhere.”

As per the outgoing C38 wheels, the new Rapide C38 is available in disc brake only and also features Roval’s lifetime warranty and no-fault crash replacement policy.

The Roval Rapide C38 wheelset is available now priced at US$1,000 (international pricing TBC).

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